Zoo nixing lap naps for prem hippo

2017-03-25 13:31
In this March 23 2017 photo, the Cincinnati Zoo’s Wendy Rice bottle-feeds Fiona. (Angela Hatke, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden via AP)

In this March 23 2017 photo, the Cincinnati Zoo’s Wendy Rice bottle-feeds Fiona. (Angela Hatke, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden via AP)

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Cincinnati - The Cincinnati Zoo says its premature baby hippo, Fiona, is getting more independent and now tops 45kg, meaning her days of napping on her human caretakers' laps are dwindling.

She was born at the zoo in January and weighed just 13kg, far below the typical weight.

The zoo says caretakers raising Fiona are beginning to scale back their time with her, leaving her alone for a few hours at night. It's the beginning of a transition in how much contact they have as they move toward eventually integrating her into a group of hippo with her parents.

They say hippo can grow to be 1 300kg and are very dangerous, so at some point caretakers will begin interacting with her only from behind a protective barrier.

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